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Room B418, Beijing Computational Science Research Center,

Zhongguancun Software Park II, No.10 West Dongbeiwang Road,

Haidian District, Beijing 100094, China




In this work, we experimentally observed the PT transition of diffusive nuclear spins, and demonstrated a PT-transition assisted stable magnetometer, which could be useful in measurement weak magnetic fields.


In this work, we experimentally measured the spin-exchange pumping rate between Rb-Xe atoms under different optical pumping conditions of Rb atoms.

spin_exchange rare-earth biocompass
  • [01 November 2019]

    Post-doc and PhD student vacancies (experiment) available!

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Lab 201910
  • [20 April 2019]

    Moving into our new lab!

New optical tables

About Me


Sep. 1999 − Jul. 2003

Department of Physics, Tsinghua University.

Bachelor of Science.

Sep. 2003 − Jul. 2008

Department of Physics, Tsinghua University.

Ph.D., Condensed matter physics. Supervisor Prof. Jia-Lin Zhu.

Research Experience

Jul. 2008 − Nov. 2008

Institution of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science

  • Visiting scholar

  • Collaborator Prof. Chang-Pu Sun

Dec. 2008 − Jun. 2009

Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Visiting scholar

  • Collaborator Prof. Ren-Bao Liu

Sep. 2009 − Aug. 2011

Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Collaborator Prof. Ren-Bao Liu

Sep. 2011 − Aug. 2012

The 3rd Institute of Physics, Stuttgart University

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Collaborator Prof. Jörg Wrachtrup

Sep. 2012 - Aug. 2018

Quantum Physics and Quantum Information Division, CSRC

  • Assistant Professor

Sep. 2018 - now

Quantum Physics and Quantum Information Division, CSRC

  • Associate Professor

Selected Publications

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  1. Stable Atomic Magnetometer in Parity-Time Symmetry Broken Phase,

Xiangdong Zhang, Jinbo Hu, and Nan Zhao,

Physical Review Letters 130 023201 (2023).

  1. Magnetic Noise Enabled Biocompass,

Da-Wu Xiao, Wen-Hui Hu, Yunfeng Cai, and Nan Zhao,

Physical Review Letters 124 128101 (2020).

  1. Electron spin decoherence in silicon carbide nuclear spin bath,

Yang, L.-P., Burk, C., Widmann, M., Lee, S.-Y., Wrachtrup, J., & Zhao, Nan,

Physical Review B 90, 241203(R) (2014).

  1. Coherent properties of single rare-earth spin qubits,

    Siyushev, P., Xia, K., Reuter, R., Jamali, M., Zhao, N.*, Yang, N., Duan, C., Kukharchyk, N., Wieck, A.D., Kolesov, R.*, & Wrachtrup, J.

    Nature Communications 5, 3895. doi:10.1038/ncomms4895 (2014) [* corresponding authors].

  2. Sensing single remote nuclear spins,

    Zhao, Nan*, Honert, Jan*, Schmid, Bernhard, Klas, Michael, Isoya, Junichi, Markham, Matthew, et. al.,

    Nature Nanotechnology 7, 657 (2012) [* these authors contributed equally].

  3. Decoherence and dynamical decoupling control of nitrogen vacancy center electron spins in nuclear spin baths,

    Zhao, Nan; Ho, Sai-Wah; Liu, Ren-Bao,

    Physical Review B 85, 115303 (2012).

  4. Atomic-scale magnetometry of distant nuclear spin clusters via nitrogen-vacancy spin in diamond,

    Zhao, Nan, Hu, Jian-Liang, Ho, Sai-Wah, Wan, J.T.K., Liu, R.B.

    Nature Nanotechnology 6, 242 (2011).

  5. Preserving electron spin coherence in solids by optimal dynamical decoupling,

    Du, Jiangfeng, Rong, Xing, Zhao, Nan, Wang, Ya, Yang, Jiahui, Liu, R B

    Nature 461, 1265 (2009).

Research Group


  1. Quantum Sensing [22 MB]: an introductory talk in BNU, 13 May 2022.